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Colocasia


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(family Araceae)

A genus of giant, rhizomatous (see rhizome) herbs, which includes C. esculenta (taro, dasheen, or cocoyam). These herbs are cultivated extensively, especially in Melanesia and Polynesia, as a staple carbohydrate. There are 6 species, occurring from India to Polynesia.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.


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